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  • by Trevor Loveday

Government hunts inaugural chair for new environment watchdog

The government has launched a recruitment campaign for the inaugural chair of the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) – the new

independent body charged with monitoring progress in improving the natural environment and investigating potential breaches of environmental law.

Environment secretary, George Eustice (pictured), said: “It is essential both present and future governments are held to account on our environmental targets. This new and independent body needs a strong leader who has the passion and commitment needed to deliver real and lasting change for our precious environment, and I encourage all those who fit the bill to apply.”

The OEP will be legislated for through the Environment Bill currently passing through Parliament. The watchdog is scheduled for creation in 2021, subject to the Bill gaining Royal Assent.


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